Woodland city planners are in the early stages of zoning land around Interstate 5 for more commercial and mixed-use development.
Cindy Norris, a principal planner with the city, said that includes land to the south of the existing Petrovich Development Co. project Woodland Gateway. A recently completed general plan update designates that land, about 130 acres, for “regional commercial” uses, meaning commercial uses such as retail that might draw traffic from the surrounding region rather than just the city.
That land is also owned by Petrovich, as is 55 acres east of Woodland Gateway, and along I-5. Norris said that’s also now designated for regional commercial uses.
A portion of those areas has a more specific designation: mixed-use along a corridor. Along major thoroughfares, the city has designated land for uses including retail and residential or a business park.
Norris acknowledged that brick-and-mortar retail is facing challenges from e-commerce. But of the 303 acres in the city previously designated for commercial uses, only 86 aren’t developed, she said, and future demand will likely exceed that. Some of the new designations include land outside current city limits but within Woodland’s sphere of influence, she added.
The general plan, adopted in May, was crafted over the last four years. Now the city is updating zoning to align with the updated plan. Within the next few months, Norris said, city planners will create interim zoning criteria with basic parameters.
A more comprehensive zoning update could take up to two years, she said.
“We want to make it easier for developers and make clear the design standards,” she said.